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18 Excellent Mexican Restaurants in Atlanta

Marisquerias, Sinaloan-style chicken restaurants, and taquerias serving heaping plates of tacos and enchiladas, tlayudas, tortas, chimichangas, and tamales

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The Atlanta area features numerous Mexican restaurants — most family-owned and operated — serving a wide range of regional and hyper-regional dishes from around Mexico. Whether seeking out one of Atlanta’s many marisquerias (seafood restaurants), Sinaloan-style chicken, or comforting taquerias offering heaping plates of tacos and enchiladas, or even tlayudas, tortas, chimichangas, and tamales, folks will find a Mexican restaurant serving what they’re craving. This map consists of just a few Mexican restaurants around Atlanta to consider, highlighting the vast variety of dishes found throughout Mexico.

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1. El Solecito

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511 Veterans Memorial Hwy SW
Mableton, GA 30126
(770) 944-0511
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Located on Veterans Memorial Highway, this low-key Mexican restaurant features a stacked menu that includes everything from chimichangas and taco and enchilada plates to tortas, tostadas, bistec ranchero, and glass goblets filled to the brim with shrimp cocktail. For people who crave heat, make sure to order the diablo sauce for dipping chips and garnishing tacos. Wash it all down with a margarita.

2. Casita Mexican Kitchen & Margarita Bar

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682 Powder Springs St
Marietta, GA 30064
(770) 627-4751
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Regulars to this Marietta Mexican restaurant tout the friendly service, not to mention the food and margaritas and mojitos from the bar here. Start off with the aptly named El Trio, a trio of guacamole, queso, and salsa paired with fresh chips. Next, order the braised pork burrito, carne asada plate served with rice, beans, and corn tortillas, or the chorizo torta garnished with lettuce, tomato, and pickled jalapenos. The restaurant also includes a selection of breakfast dishes.

3. Taqueria Del Sol

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1200-B, 1200-B Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 352-5811
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Chef Eddie Hernandez now has four Atlanta locations of his super popular Mexican-Southern restaurant, Taqueria Del Sol. Lines often form at both the Decatur and Westside Provisions District restaurants, with people clamoring for chopped smoked pork tacos (the Memphis) and fried chicken tacos. Try the Mission Burrito stuffed with Mexican rice, charros beans, and pork stew. It’s served with a fresh cucumber and tomato salad. Pair it with one of the restaurant’s margaritas, which can come by the pitcher. Keep an eye out for specials, too.

4. Patria Cocina

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1039 Grant St SE
Atlanta, GA 30315
(404) 622-3501
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Located at the bustling Beacon complex in Grant Park, this Mexican restaurant owned by Roxana and Octavio Aguirre (El Mexicano), features a menu filled with street tacos, fajitas, ceviche, and weekly specials paired with some of the best margaritas in town. Kick off the meal on the large sunny patio with queso mixed with jalapeños and chorizo. 

5. La Oaxaquena Taqueria

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605 Mt Zion Rd
Jonesboro, GA 30236
(770) 960-3010
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Folks in the south metro would be wise to check out this Jonesboro Mexican restaurant institution serving a taste of Oaxaca on its menu. This includes the restaurant’s popular tlayuda — a pizza-like dish that sees a toasted tortilla topped with refried beans, cheese, choice of meat, and lettuce. Beyond the Oaxacan specialities found here, there’s also plenty of tacos, tamal plates, and dishes like chile relleno, bistec ranchero, and goat barbacoa served with rice and beans.

6. Mi Barrio Mexican Restaurant

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571 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 223-9279
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A popular spot for Mexican food in Grant Park, this family-owned and operated restaurant features homestyle dishes on the menu, like chile relleno, generous taco plates, and chimichangas stuffed with meat, rice, and beans. Relax and order a cold beer or horchata before digging into the food from this congenial spot on Memorial.

7. El Ponce

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939 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 881-6040
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Boasting one of the best patios on Ponce, and with some seriously strong (but delicious) margaritas, El Ponce is a frequent spot for friends gathering for Mexican food any day of the week in Atlanta. Family-owned and operated, the taqueria serves taco plates with a choice of rice and beans or elote (Mexican street corn), overstuffed burritos, Oaxacan-style tamales, and a super satisfying chicken mole enchilada plate. Wash it all down with a margarita or a freshly made horchata. Make sure to also try the Valentina wings and chimichanga at El Ponce.

8. TAQUERIA DON SIGE #2

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4840 Jonesboro Rd
Forest Park, GA 30297
(404) 748-9159
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With locations in Forest Park and College Park, Taqueria Don Sige serves what regulars to this restaurant say are the best tacos around town. Try the tripe, cabeza, or lengua tacos here or one of the torta sandwiches on the menu.

9. La Pastorcita

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3304 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
(678) 705-8162

There’s no shortage of great Mexican food spots along Buford Highway, but La Pastorcita might be one of the best restaurants to sit down and enjoy a plate of freshly made tacos, chilaquiles, flautas, and ceviche tostadas paired with an ice cold beer and soccer on the television. Open late.

10. Plaza Fiesta

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4166 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30345
(404) 982-9138
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A Buford Highway institution, Plaza Fiesta is filled with over 140 retail shops and a food court offering everything from tortas, tamales, goat barbacoa, and tacos to classic Mexican seafood dishes, and even Venezuelan fare. There’s a stall serving fresh juices and a farmers market here, too. Grab food from multiple stalls at Plaza Fiesta to create a festival of dishes for the table.

11. Antiguo Lobo

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5370 Peachtree Rd Suite A
Chamblee, GA 30341
(470) 385-6502
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Named in honor of his late father, Jesús Oñate Jr. opened Antiguo Lobo (“old wolf”) in 2021, taking over a former antiques store in historic downtown Chamblee. The restaurant features dishes on the menu representing multiple regions around Mexico, including Molcajete El Monstruo served in a volcanic rock mortar, enchiladas verdes, and cochinita pibil as well as street corn, aguachile, and tacos. As a trained tequila expert and certified master mezcalier, Oñate Jr. created a cocktail list that rivals the food at Antiguo Lobo, which centers on margaritas and other agave-based drinks.

12. Los Ninos Taqueria

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307 E College Ave B
Decatur, GA 30030

A recent addition to the Decatur dining scene, Los Ninos Taqueria serves everything from chicken tinga and al pastor street tacos in handmade corn tortillas to hearty tortas brimming with barbacoa, carnitas, or chorizo and all the trimmings. Make sure to order churros for dessert. If dining in, definitely order the chorizo chipotle queso with a fresh basket of chips and a margarita served on the rocks.

13. El Rey Del Taco

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5288 Buford Hwy
Doraville, GA 30340
(770) 986-0032
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A Mexican restaurant list couldn’t exist in Atlanta without this Buford Highway stalwart. El Rey Del Taco is known around town for its generous taco platters and exceptionally strong margaritas. There’s typically a wait here on the weekends, and often in the evenings, too. If there, purchase churros from the man who pops into the restaurant on occasion selling the fried dough treat in the dining room.

14. Sinaloense Pollo Asados

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5303 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340
(770) 986-7752

Just follow the fragrant column of smoke rising above this family-owned and operated restaurant serving Sinaloan-style chicken on the menu. Order half and whole roasted birds with sides of rice and beans and fresh flour tortillas. Make sure to order extra hot sauce, which comes as mild, medium, and very hot. The dining room often fills with people eating platters of roasted chicken and grilled steak while also watching soccer. There’s even menudo served at Sinaloense Pollo Asados on the weekends.

15. Mariscos La Riviera Nayarit

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5385 Jimmy Carter Blvd
Norcross, GA 30093
(770) 662-0086
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This Norcross marisqueria opened in 2011 serving everything from giant platters filled with shrimp, crab legs, and lobster to whole red snapper rubbed in chile marinade. For something truly indulgent, order the la piña rellena — a broiled, half pineapple stuffed with grilled seafood and topped with melted cheese. There’s a second location on Buford Highway in Crossroads Village.

16. Frida's Taqueria

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5514 Lawrenceville Hwy Ste A
Lilburn, GA 30047
(470) 273-5349
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Frida’s Taqueria in Lilburn offers everything from gorditas and tacos to empanadas and flautus on the menu. Seeking birria? The restaurant serves a birria quesadilla and a three birria taco plate with a side of consomme for dipping. Order one of the aguas frescas to drink and choco-flan for dessert.

17. Alebrije Mexican Cuisine

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1611 Satellite Blvd #1A
Duluth, GA 30097
(770) 676-6093
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Featuring a menu filled with regional dishes found throughout Mexico, regulars to this family-owned and operated restaurant in Duluth swear by the food and friendly service here. Begin a meal at Alebrije Mexican Cuisine with a few shared appetizers, like the jicama Baja tacos topped with lime habanero slaw or a sizzling bowl of queso fundido with spicy chorizo. Next, order the slow-cooked cochinita pibil, Alebrije shrimp drizzled with tamarind mezcal chipotle sauce, or the puntas al mezcal, beef tips cooked with cactus, pasilla peppers, tomatoes, onions, and cilantro. Make sure to also order the crepas con cajeta or espresso flan for dessert and either a tamarind margarita or frozen passionfruit margarita to drink.

 

18. La Mixteca Tamale House

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1185 Old Peachtree Rd NW
Suwanee, GA 30024
(678) 878-3483
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Located in a small shopping complex on Old Peachtree, La Mixteca Tamale House specializes in Oaxacan dishes, like tlayudas or picaditas topped with cheese crumbles and salsa, along with some seriously righteous tamales. The pizza-like tlayudas are topped with everything from mole con huevo to carne asada and chapulines (dried grasshoppers). But the tamales on the menu at this restaurant are not to be missed, and come in sweet and savory varieties served individually or as plates. Order a cold Modelo and dig in. 

1. El Solecito

511 Veterans Memorial Hwy SW, Mableton, GA 30126

Located on Veterans Memorial Highway, this low-key Mexican restaurant features a stacked menu that includes everything from chimichangas and taco and enchilada plates to tortas, tostadas, bistec ranchero, and glass goblets filled to the brim with shrimp cocktail. For people who crave heat, make sure to order the diablo sauce for dipping chips and garnishing tacos. Wash it all down with a margarita.

511 Veterans Memorial Hwy SW
Mableton, GA 30126

2. Casita Mexican Kitchen & Margarita Bar

682 Powder Springs St, Marietta, GA 30064

Regulars to this Marietta Mexican restaurant tout the friendly service, not to mention the food and margaritas and mojitos from the bar here. Start off with the aptly named El Trio, a trio of guacamole, queso, and salsa paired with fresh chips. Next, order the braised pork burrito, carne asada plate served with rice, beans, and corn tortillas, or the chorizo torta garnished with lettuce, tomato, and pickled jalapenos. The restaurant also includes a selection of breakfast dishes.

682 Powder Springs St
Marietta, GA 30064

3. Taqueria Del Sol

1200-B, 1200-B Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Chef Eddie Hernandez now has four Atlanta locations of his super popular Mexican-Southern restaurant, Taqueria Del Sol. Lines often form at both the Decatur and Westside Provisions District restaurants, with people clamoring for chopped smoked pork tacos (the Memphis) and fried chicken tacos. Try the Mission Burrito stuffed with Mexican rice, charros beans, and pork stew. It’s served with a fresh cucumber and tomato salad. Pair it with one of the restaurant’s margaritas, which can come by the pitcher. Keep an eye out for specials, too.

1200-B, 1200-B Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

4. Patria Cocina

1039 Grant St SE, Atlanta, GA 30315

Located at the bustling Beacon complex in Grant Park, this Mexican restaurant owned by Roxana and Octavio Aguirre (El Mexicano), features a menu filled with street tacos, fajitas, ceviche, and weekly specials paired with some of the best margaritas in town. Kick off the meal on the large sunny patio with queso mixed with jalapeños and chorizo. 

1039 Grant St SE
Atlanta, GA 30315

5. La Oaxaquena Taqueria

605 Mt Zion Rd, Jonesboro, GA 30236

Folks in the south metro would be wise to check out this Jonesboro Mexican restaurant institution serving a taste of Oaxaca on its menu. This includes the restaurant’s popular tlayuda — a pizza-like dish that sees a toasted tortilla topped with refried beans, cheese, choice of meat, and lettuce. Beyond the Oaxacan specialities found here, there’s also plenty of tacos, tamal plates, and dishes like chile relleno, bistec ranchero, and goat barbacoa served with rice and beans.

605 Mt Zion Rd
Jonesboro, GA 30236

6. Mi Barrio Mexican Restaurant

571 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

A popular spot for Mexican food in Grant Park, this family-owned and operated restaurant features homestyle dishes on the menu, like chile relleno, generous taco plates, and chimichangas stuffed with meat, rice, and beans. Relax and order a cold beer or horchata before digging into the food from this congenial spot on Memorial.

571 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

7. El Ponce

939 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Boasting one of the best patios on Ponce, and with some seriously strong (but delicious) margaritas, El Ponce is a frequent spot for friends gathering for Mexican food any day of the week in Atlanta. Family-owned and operated, the taqueria serves taco plates with a choice of rice and beans or elote (Mexican street corn), overstuffed burritos, Oaxacan-style tamales, and a super satisfying chicken mole enchilada plate. Wash it all down with a margarita or a freshly made horchata. Make sure to also try the Valentina wings and chimichanga at El Ponce.

939 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

8. TAQUERIA DON SIGE #2

4840 Jonesboro Rd, Forest Park, GA 30297

With locations in Forest Park and College Park, Taqueria Don Sige serves what regulars to this restaurant say are the best tacos around town. Try the tripe, cabeza, or lengua tacos here or one of the torta sandwiches on the menu.

4840 Jonesboro Rd
Forest Park, GA 30297

9. La Pastorcita

3304 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30329

There’s no shortage of great Mexican food spots along Buford Highway, but La Pastorcita might be one of the best restaurants to sit down and enjoy a plate of freshly made tacos, chilaquiles, flautas, and ceviche tostadas paired with an ice cold beer and soccer on the television. Open late.

3304 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

10. Plaza Fiesta

4166 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30345

A Buford Highway institution, Plaza Fiesta is filled with over 140 retail shops and a food court offering everything from tortas, tamales, goat barbacoa, and tacos to classic Mexican seafood dishes, and even Venezuelan fare. There’s a stall serving fresh juices and a farmers market here, too. Grab food from multiple stalls at Plaza Fiesta to create a festival of dishes for the table.

4166 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30345

11. Antiguo Lobo

5370 Peachtree Rd Suite A, Chamblee, GA 30341

Named in honor of his late father, Jesús Oñate Jr. opened Antiguo Lobo (“old wolf”) in 2021, taking over a former antiques store in historic downtown Chamblee. The restaurant features dishes on the menu representing multiple regions around Mexico, including Molcajete El Monstruo served in a volcanic rock mortar, enchiladas verdes, and cochinita pibil as well as street corn, aguachile, and tacos. As a trained tequila expert and certified master mezcalier, Oñate Jr. created a cocktail list that rivals the food at Antiguo Lobo, which centers on margaritas and other agave-based drinks.

5370 Peachtree Rd Suite A
Chamblee, GA 30341

12. Los Ninos Taqueria

307 E College Ave B, Decatur, GA 30030

A recent addition to the Decatur dining scene, Los Ninos Taqueria serves everything from chicken tinga and al pastor street tacos in handmade corn tortillas to hearty tortas brimming with barbacoa, carnitas, or chorizo and all the trimmings. Make sure to order churros for dessert. If dining in, definitely order the chorizo chipotle queso with a fresh basket of chips and a margarita served on the rocks.

307 E College Ave B
Decatur, GA 30030

13. El Rey Del Taco

5288 Buford Hwy, Doraville, GA 30340

A Mexican restaurant list couldn’t exist in Atlanta without this Buford Highway stalwart. El Rey Del Taco is known around town for its generous taco platters and exceptionally strong margaritas. There’s typically a wait here on the weekends, and often in the evenings, too. If there, purchase churros from the man who pops into the restaurant on occasion selling the fried dough treat in the dining room.

5288 Buford Hwy
Doraville, GA 30340

14. Sinaloense Pollo Asados

5303 Buford Hwy NE, Doraville, GA 30340

Just follow the fragrant column of smoke rising above this family-owned and operated restaurant serving Sinaloan-style chicken on the menu. Order half and whole roasted birds with sides of rice and beans and fresh flour tortillas. Make sure to order extra hot sauce, which comes as mild, medium, and very hot. The dining room often fills with people eating platters of roasted chicken and grilled steak while also watching soccer. There’s even menudo served at Sinaloense Pollo Asados on the weekends.

5303 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340

15. Mariscos La Riviera Nayarit

5385 Jimmy Carter Blvd, Norcross, GA 30093

This Norcross marisqueria opened in 2011 serving everything from giant platters filled with shrimp, crab legs, and lobster to whole red snapper rubbed in chile marinade. For something truly indulgent, order the la piña rellena — a broiled, half pineapple stuffed with grilled seafood and topped with melted cheese. There’s a second location on Buford Highway in Crossroads Village.

5385 Jimmy Carter Blvd
Norcross, GA 30093

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16. Frida's Taqueria

5514 Lawrenceville Hwy Ste A, Lilburn, GA 30047

Frida’s Taqueria in Lilburn offers everything from gorditas and tacos to empanadas and flautus on the menu. Seeking birria? The restaurant serves a birria quesadilla and a three birria taco plate with a side of consomme for dipping. Order one of the aguas frescas to drink and choco-flan for dessert.

5514 Lawrenceville Hwy Ste A
Lilburn, GA 30047

17. Alebrije Mexican Cuisine

1611 Satellite Blvd #1A, Duluth, GA 30097

Featuring a menu filled with regional dishes found throughout Mexico, regulars to this family-owned and operated restaurant in Duluth swear by the food and friendly service here. Begin a meal at Alebrije Mexican Cuisine with a few shared appetizers, like the jicama Baja tacos topped with lime habanero slaw or a sizzling bowl of queso fundido with spicy chorizo. Next, order the slow-cooked cochinita pibil, Alebrije shrimp drizzled with tamarind mezcal chipotle sauce, or the puntas al mezcal, beef tips cooked with cactus, pasilla peppers, tomatoes, onions, and cilantro. Make sure to also order the crepas con cajeta or espresso flan for dessert and either a tamarind margarita or frozen passionfruit margarita to drink.

 

1611 Satellite Blvd #1A
Duluth, GA 30097

18. La Mixteca Tamale House

1185 Old Peachtree Rd NW, Suwanee, GA 30024

Located in a small shopping complex on Old Peachtree, La Mixteca Tamale House specializes in Oaxacan dishes, like tlayudas or picaditas topped with cheese crumbles and salsa, along with some seriously righteous tamales. The pizza-like tlayudas are topped with everything from mole con huevo to carne asada and chapulines (dried grasshoppers). But the tamales on the menu at this restaurant are not to be missed, and come in sweet and savory varieties served individually or as plates. Order a cold Modelo and dig in. 

1185 Old Peachtree Rd NW
Suwanee, GA 30024

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